The introduction of British Values was to ensure children become valuable and fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and tolerance, regardless of background and leave school fully prepared for life in a modern Britain (2014) 

At Grendon Underwood Combined School we are committed to creating a rich culture that equips our children with the knowledge necessary to question that which they might not understand in the world, and the courage and self-belief to view difference in others as a positive quality.

To do this our children will develop

  • An understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process
  • An understanding that the freedom to hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law
  • An acceptance that people having different faiths and beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated, and should not be the cause of discriminatory behaviour
  • An understanding of the importance or identifying and combating discrimination. 

Click here for our British Values Policy 

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The table below indicates some areas where British Values are demonstrated as part of school life at GUCS. 


  • Pupils in Year 6 campaign to become school ambassadors, play leaders and pupils vote
  • Regular pupil voice relating to breaks and lunches shapes school policy
  • Vision statement evaluated with feedback of all stakeholders 
  • Parental feedback for parent consultation practices
  • Staff and pupil wellbeing surveys to inform practices 
  • Parent surveys twice yearly to improve communication and school procedure
Individual Liberty 
  • Zones of regulation teaching throughout the school to equip children with the skills to make the right choices in safe boundaries. 
  • Children are encouraged to make choices about how they can improve their learning. 
  • Children are encouraged to make choices about extra curricular clubs.
  • A variety of school flags are flown including the Union Jack and a Pride flag symbolising individual liberty. 
  • Children are encouraged to show respect to their peers, adults and equipment.
  • Dojo points are awarded in class for showing respect.
  • Respect is a school value and a focus in all its guises in assemblies.
  • RE lessons will support all children to understand and respect other faiths.
  • The school aligns with the “No Outsiders” campaign to teach children positive attitudes towards differences. 
  • Rules in school are discussed and children have an understanding of why these rules are necessary – children are taught to distinguish between right and wrong. 
  • Restorative justice conversations take place to help students take responsibility for their own actions. 
  • Assemblies and PSHE sessions inform children as to why laws are in place in the country and the consequences of what happens when these laws are broken.
  • The local fire service and PCSO visits the school to speak to the children about rules which govern our society to keep up safe.
  • Cycling Proficiency lessons enable children to understand the rules of the road and the potential dangers encountered should they break those rules.
  • Religious Education allows children to consider rules for particular faiths. 
  • Children are encouraged to share their own experiences when celebrating their own faith. 
  • In English through fiction and in art and music we give our children opportunities to consider cultures from other parts of the world.
Tolerance of others 
  • Children are accepting and tolerant of people having different faiths or beliefs (or having none) than themselves and are taught that these should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.  This is explored through PSHE sessions and whole school assemblies.